Tag: NAFTA

Statement of the UAW on USMCA

Provided final text accurately reflects changes “UAW members have opposed NAFTA since its inception a quarter century ago because they feared it would lead to the closing of countless manufacturing plants throughout our country and the moving of hundreds of thousands of good U.S. jobs to Mexico. Time has unfortunately proven UAW members right and it is for this very reason we welcomed the renegotiation of NAFTA (also known as USMCA) and pushed for more to be done. While the final text of the agreement has not been made available for review, we already know that USMCA Is highly unlikely ... Read more

Will the “new” NAFTA work for US?

The UAW has one goal: support the U.S. worker in all aspects of their professions. That includes involvement in U.S. trade policy decisions where our overarching focus is creating good paying U.S. jobs —  now and in the future. Currently, more than 900,000 people work in the auto and auto-parts manufacturing sectors alone. This has a far-reaching economic impact going beyond the shop floor. The Center for Automotive Research estimates that every assembly plant job supports an additional 9 to 12 jobs in the United States. The effect continues into our communities. Automakers, suppliers, dealerships, and the local businesses that ... Read more

Labor Leaders Deliver Unified Trade Message to President Trump


Six labor leaders made the following statement after today’s trade meeting with President Trump:  Labor is united in its view that NAFTA is a disaster for working people and must be fixed. We had a very productive meeting which made clear to the president that a new NAFTA must create fair and balanced trade in North America. Real solutions for any new trade deal must dramatically improve workers’ rights and raise wages and living standards in all three countries. Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President Chris Shelton, Communications Workers of America President Robert Martinez. Jr., International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers ... Read more

Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on NAFTA negotiation meetings

This week, as trade negotiators from U.S., Mexico, and Canada meet in our nation’s capital, they must squarely confront the reality that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has failed working people in all three countries. NAFTA renegotiations will only be successful if it leads to higher wages for workers in all three countries and puts an end to our crippling auto trade deficit with Mexico. To that end, negotiators must comprehensively focus on balanced trade that provides real wage growth for American, Canadian with special emphasis on Mexican workers, whose suppressed wages are harmful for all three countries. ... Read more

Unifor and UAW take shared NAFTA message to Minister Freeland

Toronto – Unifor and the United Auto Workers of America (UAW) took a united message on auto sector needs to a joint meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and lead NAFTA negotiator Steve Verheul. “We are united with the UAW in our demand to address the imbalances in the auto industry as NAFTA is renegotiated,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “The plain fact is that the United States and Canada have equitable trade, Mexico does not and that must be dealt with immediately.” Dias and United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams met with Freeland and Verheul ... Read more

Unifor-UAW Statement on Auto and the Re-negotiation of NAFTA

The Potential for Fair Trade in an Essential Industry The North American auto industry remains a powerhouse of advanced manufacturing, innovation and economic activity. Directly responsible for 2 million jobs across North America, the auto industry serves as the anchor for entire supply chains including: auto parts producers, suppliers of raw materials and service providers (1). The economic activity generated by the industry supports local business and public services, as each auto assembly job creates in the range of 9 to 10 other jobs across the economy (2). These are often good jobs with above average wages which for generations ... Read more

Labor Voices: New NAFTA for working families

The UAW has always been about a greater calling. We are more than just contracts and bargaining; we are also about lifting up our communities and fighting for fairness for all working men and women. The concerns of the UAW and the labor movement aren’t limited to those who carry a union card. Read more on detroitnews.com >>>

Tell the U.S. Trade Representative NAFTA must prioritize working families

Recently, the Trump administration notified Congress that it plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement — better known as NAFTA — with powerful corporations and some in the president’s administration saying it simply needs to be “modernized.” The U.S. Trade Representative’s office is accepting comments from the public until June 12. It’s important that working people speak up for ourselves now, the same as we did with the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Click here to leave a comment for the U.S. Trade Representative about why a trade deal that takes working people into account is important to you. NAFTA — ... Read more

ICYMI: Hillary Clinton explains her position on Jobs and the Economy to UAW Members

Hillary Clinton joined in for a tele-town hall with UAW members and UAW President Dennis Williams to explain her position on issues that are important to working families. Listen to the podcast: https://uaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/MP3-Hillary-on-Jobs-and-the-Economy.mp3